Fresh vegetable products recalled for Listeria risk

Many national retail brands, including DelMonte, Walmart, Kroger, HEB and Trader Joe’s – are recalling fresh vegetables products from Mann Packing Co. Inc. The recall is a response to notifications by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled products have a “Best If Enjoyed By” date of October 11, […]

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Why is blanching recommended when freezing vegetables?

A short heat process known as blanching is generally recommended before freezing of vegetables. Some canning recipes also call for a short blanching, or heating, step prior to placing vegetables into the jar. Blanching helps to stabilize the color, especially of peas and other green vegetables, and protects flavor and texture. Blanching also helps to […]

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Fruit and Vegetable Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables provides important health benefits, but it’s important that you select and prepare them safely. Fruits and vegetables add nutrients to your diet that help protect you from heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. In addition, choosing […]

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Safe Preserving: Dry ‘Soup Mix’

Use some of your garden bounty to create a dry ‘soup mix’ for winter months. I make a lot of soup during the fall and winter months. Sometimes my crock pot is busy several times a week with vegetarian chili one day and chicken stew another.  I prefer not to use commercial dry seasoning mixes […]

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